Details of paintings of flower vases I saw at the Louvre. (click on each to enlarge and see the wonderful details)
Israel using illegal weapons in Gaza
July 21, 2014
Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggressive war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.
Israeli warplanes fired white phosphorus munition in the eastern Gaza Strip. White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties.
Meanwhile, witnesses said that the Israeli occupation used flechette bombs on Saturday in the Shujaya neighbourhood causing the death of 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far.
Doctors saw bodies with nail shrapnel, and removed them from the wounds of those who came into hospital. While, several people and journalists collected nails from bomb sites and posted their photos on Facebook.
In the early days of the Israeli war, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert told a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital that he found effects of DIME weapons on the bodies of the Palestinian casualties.
"A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006," said Gilbert.
He continued: “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by the enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”
Illegal weapons supplied by $8.5 million daily aid from the US to Israel.
"Remember that in racist, demographics obsessed Israel, the most fearsome "existential threat" is the birth of a Palestinian child."
Israel barred Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering al-Aqsa Mosque complex to pray at Islam’s third holiest site, during the holiest month of the Islamic calender (Ramadan) on the holiest day of the week (Friday). This forced hundreds of men to pray Jumu’ah on the streets outside the gates of the Old City.
(Photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters, Wadi al-Joz, July 4, 2014)
Remember Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9, Ahed Atef Bakr, 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10 and Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11 - all from the same family - whose crime was nothing more than be Palestinian.
It does not matter how young you are, if you are Palestinian, Israel will kill you. A day which started out playing football on the beach ended with these children in body bags.
Will any Israeli be held responsible for their murder? Of course not. You’ll hear how Israel was only ‘defending’ itself and some nonsense about how Hamas was ‘hiding’ in the football they were playing with.
Israel will make something up (or pretend they’ll ‘investigate’ the incident - no outsiders allowed in that process, though!) and world leaders like Obama will regurgitate it.
While we’re on the topic of Obama, remember how he made a statement about the three Israeli settlers? It was a sweet thing to do. As of July 16, 209 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in their latest assault on the civilians of Gaza, at least 39 of whom are children.
You’re more likely to see your great-grandchildren graduate or hell freeze over than hear a word from him on Palestinian children or criticising Israel’s war crimes.
Whats worse is that apart from the accusations made by Netanyahu of Hamas’s hand in the matter, no link was actually found between the abduction of the three children and Hamas leadership in the Gaza strip. Moreover, no group in the gaza strip nor any terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the teens’ abductions.
Despite the fact that no direct link was found three Israeli civilians took matters into their own hands by kidnapping 16 year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, taking him to a secluded forest, forcing him to drink gasoline, then burning him alive.
Only a few days later, video surveillance showed Israeli border guards attacking Mohammed’s cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir - A 15 year old US citizen - and then detaining him.
Despite these actions being confessed by Israeli civilians, despite the police brutality being recorded on film, despite the death toll of solely the children in Palestine amounting to more than 35 times that of all the deaths that occurred in Israel, the US still expresses condolences for the Israeli parents and voices their sympathies.
Christianist Texas Republican Senator Dan Patrick accidentally praises gay marriage ruling
Once upon a timect By d-Arkroom, (MicheleDurazzi)
*if you have not guessed the character, click on the title about image:
Series of images based on paradoxes, historical or perceptive.
This is hilarious. From HuffPo Media:
In “BioShock Infinite,” the player fights a racist society run by an ultra-religious lunatic who uses patriotic American imagery as a propaganda tool.
That detail didn’t escape the attention of gamers, either.
"The funny part here isn’t that Fox News copied it — which it totally did — it’s that it apparently copied it without recognizing what the logo represents: A violent video game about killing right-wing crazy people,” wrote Sam Barsanti on the A.V. Club website.
A number of users on Reddit offered similar thoughts. One Redditor found a Photoshop template that can be used to make logos based on BioShock Infinite.
Kevin Levine, creator of the BioShock series, weighed in on both Twitter and Facebook. When someone asked if it was a copyright issue, he tweeted, “It’s irony.”
what the american school system teaches us
Roman relief portraying a mother breastfeeding her baby
* Sarcophagus of Marcus Cornelius Statius (died young)
* ca 150 CE
[… I’m currently reading a book called “Childhood and everyday life in ancient and medieval world” (a very rough translation). I guess there will be quite a few posts on this topic during following weeks ;) ]